Originally posted on nj.com
Warren County, NJ – The Warren County Farmers’ Fair has been bringing our community affordable family fun for 75 years. Over the years the Fair has expanded its entertainment offerings while still retaining its agricultural roots.
Inflation at the Balloon Festival at the Warren County Farmers’ Fair.
The Fair will always be a place where the young and young at heart can congregate and have some old-fashioned fun. All this is delivered at old-fashioned prices. Admission to the Fair is $6 for an adult and $4 for children ages 5-12. Children ages 4 and under are admitted free and there is no charge for parking. The Fair’s idea of inflation is the mass hot air balloon inflation held each evening at 6:30 pm. The Balloon Festival, presented by JCP&L is included in the admission price.
The newest thing at the Fair this year is that it’s expanded by one day. This year opening day at the Fair will be Saturday, July 28 and will run through Saturday, August 4, 2012. Buildings and vendor booths will be open at noon from opening day Saturday through Friday; gates open at 11 am. On closing day Saturday the Fair kicks off at 8 am with the 26th Annual Warren Hills Wrestling Competition.
Opening day Saturday the Fair will be showing off their country-western side as they kick off with a new Truck Show. The classes for the show are Ford, Chevy, Dodge, Import, SUV, and Big Rig. Check the website for details closer to the event.
Wild West City, a western heritage theme park, will be hanging around the Fair that day. Wild West City rangers will be walking around the Fair and mingling with the guests. You may also encounter a trick roper, snake oil salesman and a “Persistent Undertaker” – one of several shows they will be performing throughout the day.
In the evening the Fair will present their first Country Idol contest, for contestants 16 years and older. The contestants will be judged on musical talent, vocal ability and performance. Prize money will be awarded for the winner and for second and third runner up. Rules and registration form are available on the Fair website.
This year a series of Teen Contests are being introduced. Daily from 1:00 – 6:00 pm, teens can compete for prizes as individuals in contests like pie or watermelon eating or in our triathalon. Teens can also pair up as a “Crew of Two” and compete as a team. Brady the Class Clown will emcee the contests throughout the week.
The Mr. Warren County Contest is another new addition. This week-long competition consists of six individual contests with points being accumulated for each. The final event is an obstacle course, held during an intermission of the Truck Mud Bog on the final day of the fair. The overall winner will receive a cash prize, along with a one-of-a-kind, Warren County Farmer’s Fair hat with “Mr. Warren County – 2012” embroidered on the side. The competition is open to males, 18 years or older.
The Fair invites amateur backyard BBQ’ers as well as professional cooks and restaurant owners to participate in the Rib Cook-Off Contest, on Sunday, July 29. Register early, as only 10 teams per category will be accepted. Pre-registration is required.
Don’t miss “Balloomination” Balloon Glow
Back by popular demand is “Balloomination,” a one of a kind balloon glow. On Friday and Saturday nights, at 9 pm, JCP&L will help light up the balloon port with this spectacular show. Hot air balloons will be glowing in sync to a variety of patriotic songs and are sure to put on a memorable show. This show was last seen at the Fair in 2002.
Check out the schedule of events, at http://www.warrencountyfarmersfair.org, which also includes plenty of old favorites. There are numerous car shows, tractor shows and 4-H and FFA contests. There will be balloon activity each night out on the balloon port including mass balloon launches each evening. And let’s not forget about the contests in the Main Arena, which range from the Fair Queen and Princess Contest, to two demolition derbies, tractor and truck pulls and mud bogs.
The Warren County Farmers’ Fair and Balloon Festival is supported in part by a grant from New Jersey Department of State, Division of Travel and Tourism. The Fair is also proud to welcome JCP&L as the presenting sponsor of the 12th annual Balloon Festival at the Fair.